Total’s O.U.R Gas Pipeline is Safeguarding the Environment and Empowering Communities
The O.U.R. Pipeline is a 42-inch, 45 kilometer onshore gas pipeline, spanning Obite, Ubeta and Rumuji communities (hence the acronym O.U.R.) in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria.
It is a major component of the OML 58 Upgrade Project designed to meet the objectives of the Federal government’s Gas Master plan, provide gas for both the domestic market and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG company.
Preserving the Environment is a Key Priority
Total’s deployment of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) for river crossing (River Sombrero), an underground pipe installation method that has minimal impact on the adjoining area, is in line with our high premium on the preservation of the environment.
Coming at a time the Nigerian government is vigorously embracing multiple energy options in her effort at solving the country’s energy challenge, the O.U.R. pipeline will on completion:
- Provide new route for gas export from Obite Treatment Center (OTC) following capacity upgrade up to 15.65 MMCBM/day.
- De-bottleneck existing Gas Treatment System Number (GTS) 1-4 NLNG network.
- Create first branch of future Gas Treatment System Number (GTS) 6 to Bonny Island.
- Establish a key infrastructure for domestic gas delivery (feeding of future Northern Option Pipeline).
Rapid Infrastructural Development in Host Communities
With the acquisition of 120 hectares of land to lay out the right of way for the O.U.R. pipeline crossing 20 different communities, concerted effort has been made by Total- through a series of socio-economic enhancement programmes- to improve living conditions in the host communities.
The result of this effort is a deep sense of ownership of the pipeline project by the people in the communities.
Through several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the communities, Total has delivered infrastructure facilities to Egi Clan such as electricity, construction of Egi Orashi River Water Front Road; construction of market stalls and town halls. The MOUs provide for environmental restoration, regeneration and rehabilitation wherever the project impacts the environment.
Total’s community engagement strategy includes regular interactions with representatives of the communities to explain the significance and benefits of the O.U.R. Pipeline Project to the communities and the country.
This strategy also entails seeking the input of the communities when designing the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programmes such as free healthcare programme for the communities, enterprise development and educational programmes, among others.
Human Capital & Local Content Development
Over 700 Nigerians from the host communities were employed during the project peak.
Engineering, Procurement, Supply, Construction and Commissioning (EPSCC) was done by an indigenous contractor which meant human capital development for more than 3,000 Nigerians.